By Daphne Larkin
You might call Lyndsey Gates MSN, RN, a boomerang student, the kind Norwich is fortunate to have. A standout nursing undergraduate and master’s student at NU, Gates now teaches Nursing Informatics as a new lecturer in the NU School of Nursing. She also co-teaches the clinical mathematical methods lab section, as well as the health assessment course.
Gates earned a BS in Biology/Pre-Med at St. Lawrence University before coming to Norwich to earn a BS in Nursing on the advice of her husband, Bill, a former Norwich student who, at that time, was deployed with the Vermont National Guard to Afghanistan for a year.
“[Bill] had a wonderful experience here and knew that I would receive a quality education,” Gates said. “As an undergraduate student, I fell in love right away with the campus, atmosphere, and most importantly, the values that Norwich University holds.”
A recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student to any program in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Gates went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
“I truly enjoyed my experience as a student in the MSN program,” she said. “This program enabled me to work full-time as a registered nurse while furthering my education and enriching my own nursing practice. Throughout this program, not only did I become a better nurse, but I learned the art of teaching and how to apply it to nursing students.”
Gates currently teaches a course in nursing informatics, and co-teaches the clinical mathematical methods lab, and health assessment course, sharing/paying forward the mentorship and guidance she received as a Norwich student.
“I am most looking forward to having an impact on nursing students and helping them to accomplish their goals, just as my professors have helped me to accomplish mine,” she said. “I also look forward to helping to contribute to the reputation that Norwich has in the community as a strong, successful school of nursing.”
Before launching on her nursing studies and career, Gates worked in clinical research, then in IT at a large electronic medical record company. As a nurse, she has worked in addiction and pain management clinical settings. Gates currently works on the cardiology/ICCU unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center. An expert in nursing informatics, she is deeply interested in nursing research, something she plans to pursue in a doctoral program in the near future.
Her husband, Bill, is currently a student in Norwich’s online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program and plans to later pursue a Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.